We go on a lot of road trips, the kids have extra curricular activities and there is always waiting around at doctors offices and various other appointments, so taking snacks or lunch with us not only saves us money, but also reduces the number of times we might be tempted by the dreaded (aka unhealthy) drive-thru.  We had some adorable little lunch sacks that the preschool teachers gave the twins last year as gifts, but I had wanted to make new ones for a while.

Handmade lunch bag
Now, I don’t have a complete tutorial for these, but they are very easy to make; I kind of winged it, as I tend to do sometimes.

I came across absolutely gorgeous handmade lunch bags on The Purl Bee but knew I wanted to use oilcloth (which I had quite a few bits and pieces in my stash, and thought it would be easier to clean) like Skip To My Lou had used to make hers.

So I decided to start measuring and cutting and see what happened.

So this is what I cut:

  • 9″ x 7″ rectangles (front and back)
  • 2 4″ x 9″ rectangles (sides)
  • 1 4″ x 7″ rectangle (base)

Using my sewing machine I stitched a hem along the top of each of the side, front and back pieces.  I then stitched the side, front and back pieces together.  Then stitched the base of the bag on last.

Next, I stitched a small piece of cord elastic to the inside of the back into the shape of a loop.

I handstitched a large button to the front of the bag.

I found some strong ribbon in my stash, hemmed it and hand stitched it using embroidery thread to the top of the back of the lunch bag to make a handle.

And that was it.

lunch sack

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Kathleen @ Sugar and Spice March 25, 2011 - 1:57 pm

These are darling!!!!

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Tonya Staab March 26, 2011 - 5:40 pm

Thank you Kathleen 🙂

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Mel March 28, 2011 - 12:28 pm

These are so precious, Tonya.

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Inspire Me Heather May 14, 2012 - 5:45 am

Your lunch bags are super cute and I bet they’ve lasted a long time! I have this linked to my oilcloth post as well today, nice job!

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Allie July 10, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Love your lunch bags. Sharing for “National Picnic Month” on Buttons Galore & More FB Wall.

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Tonya Staab July 10, 2013 - 7:38 pm

Thank you so much Allie

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teresa July 11, 2013 - 8:09 am

Love it

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carolynn August 17, 2014 - 10:32 am

MY BABY GRANDDAUGHTER IS STARTING PRESCHOOL THIS YEAR… AND HER MOTHER DIDN’T WANT TO GET HER A LUNCH BOX. GRANDMA WILL BE MAKING HER THIS SNACK BAG…

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Shez December 15, 2015 - 10:49 am

absolutely love these adorable little bags but got a bit confused when making one. Instructions says on short side to fold half inch and half inch again toward right side an but the diagram shows the hem to be on the wrong side/inside of the rectangle, not on the right side.
Also instructions says to place rectangles right sides together, sew long edges together and to add bias tape to raw edges. What raw edges? and isn’t Bias tape normally stitched to the right sides? I would be ever so grateful if someone would clarify these queries please.

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shez December 15, 2015 - 11:15 am

Please ignore my post above…think I’ve got it now!

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Dlinshoes March 29, 2016 - 6:25 am

Congrats on the feature in The Knot!

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[email protected] March 29, 2016 - 6:45 am

These are so adorable and practical!

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Ms Marty Dick May 22, 2017 - 11:51 am

I made some really cute “almost” brown bags from a brown calico print with beige lining, I used an actual brown bag for a pattern and made handles from the webbing I get online for my projects.

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